Michelle Craggs and her husband Neville took over the Fleece Inn about three years ago. Last July, officials from the local authority trading standards department visited the pub for an inspection. After examining two pints of beer poured by a trainee bartender, they determined that the glass of ale was 31ml — or about six teaspoons — short of a full pint.
The tiny deficit of beer in the glass was enough to have the Craggs hauled before a local authority board for committing an offense under the Fair Trading Act. After a three-hour hearing, the trainee bartender was found not guilty, with the local authority accepting she was capable of correctly pouring drinks.
That’s enough to make just about anyone need a cold pint.